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Two alumni were selected for the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which is intended to honor alumni 35 years or younger who are achieving success in their chosen field, and who are make admirable contributions within their communities. Aubrey L. Sejuit, ’07 and Angel Zheng, ’11 were selected for this prestigious award.
Miss Sejuit is a first-generation college graduate, a licensed social worker, a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor, and a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina where she is working towards her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision.
Miss Zheng is a Schreyer Honors graduate with a bachelor of science and master’s degree in education theory and policy, with a special focus on community and civic engagement. She is the policy coordinator at New Visions for public schools. This is the largest education reform organization in New York City, and a non-profit that is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Patty Shoener, ’05, ’09, was selected as the first recipient of the Penn State Schuylkill Pride and Spirit Award. Patty is the assistant director of alumni relations. She received her associate in science and bachelor of science degrees in business at Penn State Schuylkill and her MBA from Alvernia University with a focus in community leadership and economic development. Patty is an advocate for Penn State, and her love for the University is evident in her professional career and personal life.
William J. Parulis, ’76, was recognized as the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. Mr. Parulis is the president of WJP Engineers, Pottsville, a consulting engineering and surveying firm, organized in 1986. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, and a professional land surveyor in Pennsylvania, with almost forty years of experience in consulting engineering and surveying projects.
The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society welcomed two new members to the board at their December 2014 meeting:
Lynn Bucklar '79
Anita LeClaire '87
Kent Steinmetz '87
In addition, the board voted in the following officers for 2015 – 2016:
David Gonzalez, ’02,’03,’04
Jeffrey Vrabel, ’81
Sallie Sandler, ’86, ‘99g
Twelve young Penn State alumni were honored for outstanding professional accomplishment and presented with the Penn State Alumni Association's Alumni Achievement Award at a dinner ceremony March 27, 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA. These prominent alumni, thirty-five years of age and younger, were nominated by an academic college or campus and invited by the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students and the Penn State community. Alumni Achievement honorees demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age.
Sharifa T. (Godfrey) Anozie, a 2008 graduate of the College of Communications, represented Penn State Schuylkill as a 2015 recipient. She is currently a writer and owner of The Sacred Word, an L.A. based jewelry line.Anozie interviewed prominent civil rights advocate Carolyn Goodman, and her poem dedicated to Goodman, was recognized by major media outlets. She has interviewed celebrities, including film director Spike Lee, CNN's Piers Morgan, actor Idris Elba, and Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo. Anozie worked on assignments for CBS on The Early Show, 48 Hours, and the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and on BET's 106 & Park. She is an editorial assistant at The Hollywood Reporter magazine, writing for print and online, and covering red carpet events and awards in Hollywood.
Each award recipient received a commemorative medal designed by internationally recognized artist and 2007 Alumni Fellow Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, ‘72g.
The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society is accepting nominations for the following awards :
- The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is awarded to a Penn State Schuylkill alumnus who has achieved success in his/her chosen field and/or within their community. Qualifications for consideration require that the nominee for this award be thirty-five years of age or younger.
- The Penn State Schuylkill Pride and Spirit Award is open to graduates and friends of the University excluding current members of the Board of Trustees. The award is intended to honor an individual for their significant contributions in the area of public service, and who share or volunteer his or her talent, time and resources on behalf of the University.
- The Honorary Ambassador Award is given by the Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society to honor people who are not graduates of Penn State University and have made significant contributions towards its welfare, reputation, or prestige. The award is given only when the Alumni Society wishes to honor an exceptional person.
- The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor that the Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus. The award recognizes and salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater.
For an application, please contact Patty Shoener at email@example.com or 570-385-6262.
The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society, the Schuylkill Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, and the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Alumni Society will sponsor a winery tour at Seneca Lake, New York on June 20, 2015. All are welcome.
Featured wineries included on the tour are:
Miles Wine Cellar, Himrod, NY
Glenora Wine Cellars, Dundee, NY
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Hector, NY
Penguin Bay Winery, Hector, NY
The cost is $100.00 and includes bus transportation, wine tasting fees, and a Penn State themed barbeque lunch at Smith Camping Ground, Hector, NY. The deadline for reservations is May 31, 2015, and you must be 21 years of age or over to attend.
For more information, please contact Patty Shoener, assistant director of Alumni Relations, at 570-385-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendar to join us for the sixth annual "Penn State Day at Knoebels" on Saturday, May 16, 2015, for a day of fun, food, and fantasy! Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Contact Patty Shoener at 570-385-6262 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
- Alumni Relations